Crucial M4 256GB SDD For $210, Delivered From The States

You've upgraded your RAM, installed a faster CPU and coughed up for a fresh video card, but your magnetic hard drives are holding you back. If you've resisted the temptation to invest in a solid state replacement, now might be your chance, with US retailer B&H Photo Video offering Crucial's M4 256GB for $US179.95. Add $US32.26 for shipping and the total goes to $US212.21 — or $210 Australian (as of writing).

Local price aggregator StaticIce currently has the drive listed for $279 at its cheapest, not including delivery, so this is a pretty decent saving. I have the 128GB model in my laptop, a Dell M1330, and haven't had any problems. The drives at one stage didn't play well with OS power saving features, but these issues were rectified in a firmware update, along with an impressive boost in performance.

Obviously, the downer is that the drive is coming from the States, but via UPS Worldwide Expedited shipping, you should get it within four-to-six days, going by B&H's estimates. There's also the matter of getting a refund or replacement if the drive is faulty. Something to keep in mind if you do decide to pick one up.

Note that the offer is only valid to June 19 (June 18 in the US), so you only have a day or so to contemplate the decision.

[B&H Photo Video, via OzBargins]


Comments

    Nice I picked one up about a month ago when the prices were around $200ish, best investment, I've currently got it in my Y570 laptop, just waiting for my ODD->2.5" HDD caddy to come and then I'll have 256GB SSD as OS/programs and then got the stock 750GB HDD that came with the laptop as the User files.

    Dang, i just bought a OCZ 128gb for $89 from Centrecom for my 2009 Macbook Pro. I'd prefer M4 over anything for its value. Maybe I'll wait till this drops down more and buy one for my PC.

    Wantwantwant
    As soon as my computer's out of warranty, I'm throwing an SSD in it, they should only get cheaper.

    . . . I bought a 128GB M4 6 months ago for that price.

    I guess I'll just have to hope the trend in falling prices continues for when I get around to doing a new build next year. 1024GB SSD for $200 anyone?

    I'm torn on SSD's right now. I wan't one, but I also want redundancy, and capacity.

    I've been burnt too many times by failed hard drives to not use RAID. SO I think about it for a little while, and do some research.

    Intel looks like they've just releases drivers so that TRIM will work with RAID. This is a good start!

    As for capacity, I reckon I'd need 512GB. Anything less and I'd be shifting games/programs onto disc storage, which would negate any benefit here!

    Looking at prices now then, you can pick up a 256GB SSD for around $250 (or $210 here), or a 512GB SSD for about $500 (if anyone knows cheaper please share!).

    So thinking about my redundancy and storage requirements, I'd be better off to get 3 256GB SSD's in RAID 5 (total cost $750) than 2 512 SSD's in RAID 1 (total cost $1000).

    That's still too much money right now I think. Maybe in a year.

      512GB tier-1 SSDs are going for about $400 now.

      http://diskcompare.com/

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